ERYSIPELAS


Homeopathy treatment of Erysipelas, with indicated homeopathic remedies from the Diseases of the Skin by Frederick Myers Dearborn. …


(St. Anthony’s fire; Ignis sacer)

Definition. An acute, contagious, specific inflammation of the skin and contiguous mucous membranes, characterized by sharply defined redness, swelling, heat and vesication, and accompanied by febrile and other systemic disturbances.

Symptoms. the prodromata may be mild or even wanting, or may consist of malaise, prostration, chills, vomiting, etc. The temperature varies from 101* to 106* F., and is persistent with an evening rise and morning remission, except in the mildest cases where it may subside after a few hours or days. A rise of fever usually indicates an extension of the disease and its arrest or fall, a subsidence of the same. The rapidity of the pulse is usually in proportion to the degree of fever and its other qualities depend not only upon the disease itself, but upon the previous conditions of the patient due to his habits or other disease. Headache is often a common symptom. Drowsiness and dizziness are not uncommon especially when the attack is limited to the head.

Local signs of erysipelas appear at the point of infection. The initial lesion is a small, red, shiny, swollen, irregular but sharply defined spot. the color disappears on pressure with the exception of a yellowish tinge, only to return quickly on removal of the finger. The color may remain a bright or scarlet red or become vilaceous or even livid. The part affected is painful, hot and tense, while the amount of swelling varies widely with the region affected, being greatest where the areolar tissue is abundant and loose and least where it is moderate and firm. When the face is involved, the eyes are often completely swollen while on the scalp it may cause only slight elevation. Although the area affected may spread at all or several points, it preserves a sharply defined border against the sound skin. The peripheral advanced may be somewhat erratic and occasionally is by apparent metastasis to another region. The surfaces involved may be large or small. Involution often goes on in the older portions as new areas are invaded and rarely a large part of the surface may be affected in this way (erysipelas ambulans or erysipelas migrans). Frequently a case will run its course without developing other lesions but when the process is sufficiently intense the pressure of exudation in the epidermis may rise to the surface in vesicles or blebs, the contents of which may even become purulent and dry up into crusts. Prolonged and intense compression of the capillaries of the skin may induce gangrene especially of the legs and arms. Red streaks along the skin show the lymphatic involvement and neighboring glands may suppurate or furunculous abscesses may form.

From a personal observation of about 1,600 cases of erysipelas, I have been impressed with the fact that the recurrent and chronic types are apparently rare, representing only about 5 per cent. of all cases. The same may be said of the post-operative cases which numbered only 58 in the total. Complications, or atypical clinical types, were also very rare. About three-fourths of my cases occurred upon the face, many originating at, or within the nasal orifice. these latter are usually of a slight and limited character and do not confine the patient. Local recovery is indicated by the disappearance of heat, swelling, redness and a variable degree of desquamation. Convalescence is uneventful, rapid and complete in the great majority of cases. The duration of erysipelas varies from one to three weeks and may exhibit all grades of severity. The temperature in the more typical cases will by crisis in from five to ten days although it may fall by lysis.

Frederick Dearborn
Dr Frederick Myers DEARBORN (1876-1960)
American homeopath, he directed several hospitals in New York.
Professor of dermatology.
Served as Lieut. Colonel during the 1st World War.
See his book online: American homeopathy in the world war